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    September 19, 2017

    Collinsville School District Called “Exemplar for Public Schools in Illinois”

    ​Collinsville, Illinois – September 19, 2017 – Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 has been recognized as “an exemplar for public schools in Illinois” in a recent IFF publication. IFF named CUSD #10 a “Bright Spot for Future Investment” in their report: Raising Quality, Promoting Equity: An Analysis of Location, Performance and Investment in Illinois Public Schools. The study evaluated the effectiveness of district resource allocation. CUSD #10 is one of three districts profiled in the report for “cost-effectively meeting the needs of their students, reaching them with effective academic preparation even in the face of funding gaps.” “This study confirms what we already knew — that Collinsville is doing a good job of educating kids despite the issues we face,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Green, “Our staff is to be commended for the great work they do every day regardless of the challenges we face.” According to the IFF, “The study, supported by stakeholders from across the state’s public education community, recommends a strategic and holistic approach to school improvement that combines performance, funding and return on investment (ROI) to meet our state’s goal of guaranteeing access to high performing schools for every child.” IFF sees ROI as a gauge of whether a district’s funds are being used effectively to bring about proficiency in reading and math, and whether additional funds are expected to have a significant impact on basic student outcomes.

    In addition to Collinsville, the publication highlights Elgin-Area School District U-46 and
    Vienna School District 55. The three districts were featured for their positive outcomes. IFF
    chose to profile them because “By providing a small cross section of the diversity that these
    districts encompass, Raising Quality, Promoting Equity sketches the types of information that
    stakeholders can marshal in designing their school improvement efforts.”
    Statewide, 147 districts were identified as have reasonable outcomes, despite being underfunded.
    Among those districts:
     Two-thirds were in communities with below-average property wealth;
     Just under half had above-average populations of low income students;
     Approximately half were on the outer ring of a metropolitan area;
     Districts were disproportionately in downstate Illinois.

    IFF is the largest nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the
    Midwest. IFF is certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. See the full report at
    http://www.iff.org/ILschoolstudy/.

    ​Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 is comprised of 13 schools, serving 6,300
    students Pre K-12 in Madison & St. Clair Counties in southwestern Illinois.
    Contact:
    Kim Collins
    kcollins@kahoks.org, (618) 346-6350ext 4250